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In 10 Photos: Cruise Ships in Barcelona, Spain
One of the Europe's most popular ports of call for cruise ships is Barcelona. During the summer, the largest cruise ships in the world can be seen here swallowing many thousands of passengers. Over the years, the city and port have invested millions to lure the cruise business and it shows. Rich in culture, chock-a-block with sights, famous for food and blessed with a great climate, Barcelona has it all. Here are my ten favorite photos of cruise ships in or around the wonderful Spanish cruise port.
 
October 17, 2009 - As the KLM Boeing 737 approached Barcelona-El Prat Airport, I shot this photo of Barcelona's cruise port. In the background left is the World Trade Center where the smaller cruise ships generally dock. Welcome to Barcelona! .
 
March 11, 2003 - Yes, it is the original "Love Boat"! The former Pacific Princess is pictured here docked at the World Trade Center after Pullmantur took her over from Princess Cruises. As you can see the "Princess" suffix is erased from her stern and the Princess logo in the funnel is painted over. Casually renamed Pacific, the ship sailed for Pullmantur in the Caribbean, Brazil and Spain. It was while chartered to Spanish Quail Cruises that the Italian authorities seized her. She remained idle in Genoa for five years, slowly decaying, until finally sold for scrap. She arrived at Aliaga, Turkey on August 7, 2013. Click here for a great picture review of Peter Knego, who paid a visit to the idle liner in 2012.
 
July 12, 2009 - Look careful at this picture of the immaculate looking Crystal Serenity and you will see something different. The Crystal seahorse logo on the funnel is temporarily replaced by what turned out to be a Porsche logo. Fully chartered by Porsche, the ship was briefly used to wow car dealers from around the world.
 
May 11, 2012 - A glorious day in all respects! During a festive dockside ceremony, Oceania Cruises officially named their beautiful Riviera in Barcelona under clear blue skies. A few hours after the ceremony, the ship sailed from Barcelona accompanied by the sound of horns from all cruise ships in port. Unforgettable!
 
September 7, 2008 - In 1972, Greek company Carras Cruises purchased two freighters and in the course of four years completely rebuilt them into ultra-luxury cruise ships. 1955-built Port Melbourne became the into the ultra luxury Danae in 1976, while sister Port Sydney was renamed Daphne. Carras Cruises was not around for long and the two ships found new owners who kept them sailing for decades. Danae's curtain fell only last year when named Lisboa she was sent to the breakers.
 
May 11, 2012 - The 121,878 ton, 2008-built Celebrity Solstice makes a dashing impression at the start of another Mediterranean cruise.
 
July 12, 2009 - Looking good in her former guise as Costa Europa, this is the original Homeric, built in 1986 by Meyer Werft for now defunct Home Lines. She was lengthened before joining the Holland America Line fleet as Westerdam in 1988 and is currently Thomson Cruises' Thomson Dream.
 
May 11, 2012 - French-built and French-flagged, Club Med 2 is seen heading out to sea.
 
July 13, 2009 - An early morning arrival for Pullmantur's Sovereign, Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas. At the time this ship first entered service in early 1988, she was the world's largest cruise ship. At 73.192 tons, she is now a mere "mid-sized" vessel.
 
May 11, 2012. Time to say goodbye from Barcelona. Lined up are Celebrity Solstice, MSC Fantasia and AIDAvita. Until next time!
 
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